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Alwyn Van der Merwe

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Alwyn van der Merwe (born November 1927 in South Africa) is an American theoretical physicist. He is Emeritus Professor of Physics in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Denver. Life and career As a young man, Alwyn van der Merwe graduated at the top of his class every year throughout his high school and university studies. An aspiring physicist, he attended the University of Stellenbosch, completing both his bachelor's degree in 1947 and master's degree in 1949 with summa cum laude honors. He received the Queen Victoria Scholarship in 1949 to begin his doctoral studies in physics at the University of Amsterdam. It is awarded each year to the best student in South Africa. He also received an academic gold medal from the South African government for his performance in the subject of history, an honor given out only once a year. Van der Merwe studied theoretical physics at the University of Amsterdam under Professors Jan de Boer and S. A. Wouthuysen an
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